DIY Neon Gem Sandals with I Spy DIY

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you know that we love DIY projects. We partnered with the super-talented Jenni Radosevich from I Spy DIY to customize our Thick Strap Sandal with neon gems for a perfect, one-of-a-kind summer shoe.

Jenni from I Spy DIY in our Cutout Back Sundress, Chambray Boyfriend Shirt and Thick Strap Sandal.

Jenni from I Spy DIY in our Cutout Back Sundress, Chambray Boyfriend Shirt and Thick Strap Sandal. (Photo Credit: Jessica Kaminski)

Summer is finally here and it's time to slip on my sandals! I have been looking for the perfect white ones to wear with my sundresses, and was super jazzed to find this pair. 

Summer is finally here and it’s time to slip on my sandals! I have been looking for the perfect white ones to wear with my sundresses, and was super jazzed to find this pair.   (Photo Credit: Jessica Kaminski)

Meet Jenni:
Growing up in Wisconsin, Jenni Radosevich was always creating her own style. If she saw something in a magazine that she couldn’t find in her local department store, she would make it herself. Now living in New York, her affinity to “spot style you love, and do-it-yourself” has manifested itself into a website: ISpyDIY.com and book, I Spy DIY Style, which has been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, Rachel Ray Show, CNN.com, The Today Show, Wall Street Journal and InStyle magazine.

Get Jenni’s look:
Cutout Back Sundress
Chambray Boyfriend Shirt
Thick Strap Sandal

Jenni's customized Thick Strap Sandal.

“I love the thick strap, but every time I looked down, all I saw was a blank canvas asking to be decorated.” -Jenni    (Photo Credit: Jessica Kaminsky)

Supplies:
Thick Strap Sandal
Neon gems
E6000 heavy-duty craft glue
Paint brush

Supplies for Neon DIY Gem Sandal.

Supplies for Neon DIY Gem Sandal.

Step 1: 
Layout your ideas for the neon gem design.

Step 1: Layout your ideas for the neon gem design.

Step 1: Layout your ideas for the neon gem design.

Step 2:
Put a spot of heavy duty E6000 glue on the back of the neon gem with your paint brush.

Step 2: Put a spot of heavy duty E6000 glue on the back of the neon gem.

Step 2: Put a spot of heavy duty E6000 glue on the back of the neon gem with your paint brush.

Step 3:
Press neon gem firmly onto sandal.

Step 3: Press neon gem firmly onto sandal.

Step 3: Press neon gem firmly onto sandal.

Step 4:
Continue gluing neon gems on shoe in your design.

Step 4: Continue gluing neon gems on shoe in your design.

Step 4: Continue gluing neon gems on shoe in your design.

Step 5:
Let dry overnight before wearing.

Step 5: Let dry overnight before wearing.

Step 5: Let dry overnight before wearing.

Two different design inspirations from Jenni.

Two different design inspirations from Jenni.

We're ready to add a little color to the beach with our neon gem sandals!

We’re ready to add a little color to the beach with our neon gem sandals!

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog!

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DIY: Cropped Muscle Tank

If you’re anything like us, you know how long we’ve waited to show some skin for summer temperatures. We’ve put together an insanely easy step-by-step guide to turn your old t-shirts into vintage inspired muscle t-shirts to ensure that you’re #AEOStyle is optimal for tanning. Channel your inner craftee and follow the steps below to make your #AEOStyle personalized!

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Gather your supplies:

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Step 2:
Match up the points of the collar so the front and back of the neckline are aligned. Using the seam as a guide, cut off the neckline just below the seam.

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Starting at the top of the shoulder, pick your desired shoulder width. Again, following just below the seam, cut a semi-circle to remove the sleeve.

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Step 4:
Fold the shirt in half, lining up the edges of the shoulder, side and bottom. Use the already cut side of the shirt as a guide to cut the other sleeve.

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Step 5:
Keeping the shirt in the same position, use the seam as a guide to remove the bottom of the t-shirt. Cut to your desired length, keeping in mind the original length of the t-shirt. (regular or crop).

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Step 6:
Your vintage inspired muscle crop tank is complete!

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Earth Day: DIY

Reuse, Reduce and Recycle your #AEOStyle! To celebrate Earth Day, we spoke to Sr. Stylist, Coco Yokoyama, about her tips and tricks for turning her old AEO gear into something new. Check out her step by step guide for repurposing a pair of denim with an old scarf. The best part about this project — it’s only five easy, earth-friendly steps!

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Materials You’ll Need:

  • Pair denim pants
  • Scissors
  • Fusible fabric tape
  • Scarf or other fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Iron
  • Tracing pencil or marker
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The only materials you’ll need to make an old pair of jeans into a super cute pair of shorts!

Step 1:
Measure the length you’d like your shorts, then cut.

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Tip: Don’t go short right away, cut a little longer than you’d like so you can readjust the length if you need to.

Step 2:
The fabric will begin fraying where you cut, pull the strands to encourage fraying, then run shorts through the washer and dryer.  This will accelerate fraying and make them look vintage.

Step 3:
Place fabric on top of shorts and trace the size of the front panel, around the pocket.  Leave a bit of room on the bottom for more fraying to occur.

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Pick a scarf or fabric that will really pop.

Step 4:
Follow the instructions on the fusible fabric tape to adhere fabric to shorts

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You’re almost done!

 Step 5: 
Admire you’re new denim shorties!

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Voila! Earth friendly and super stylish #AEOStyle.

Want to find more ways to celebrate Earth Day?  Donate now to The SCA and RSVP to a community project near you!

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DIY: Sharpie Shoes

DIY: Sharpie Shoes

Do you love art as much as we do? Because this season, we’re showing our love for all things art! Whether we’re painting the Wynwood Walls in Miami or drawing murals on our shoes –  we’re expressing our individuality by taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary. Follow our step by step DIY Sharpie Shoes guide to add a bit of personality to your #AEOStyle.

What you’ll need:

Canvas shoes. Try our Slip-On Sneakers!

Pencil

Fine Point Sharpies (any color)

A creative mind

Step 1: Find a pair of canvas shoes that have a great surface for decorating. We recommend our Slip-On Sneakers

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These Slip-On Sneakers are the perfect surface for art.

Step 2: Start outlining your design lightly with a pencil. We highly suggest starting with a pencil so you can erase any mistakes along the way!

DIY Sharpie Shoes

Trace lightly the first time so it’s easier to erase any mistakes.

Step 3: Once you’ve completed your design in pencil, retrace your artwork one more time before moving over to pen.

DIY Sharpie Shoes

Once you have your initial design drawn, retrace with pencil once more.

Step 4: Start outlining your artwork with a fine tip Sharpie. You can use any color!

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Slow and steady now!

DIY Sharpie Shoes

It’s all in the details!

DIY Sharpie Shoe

DIY Sharpie Shoe

Elevate your #AEOStyle with artwork created by you!

Step 5: Admire your artwork! Let your shoes dry for about an hour before trying them on and then tag us on Instagram and Twitter with #AEOStyle for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

DIY Sharpie Shoe

Voila! Your masterpiece is authentic, just like you.

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DIY: Personalized Camera Strap

DIY: Personalized Camera Strap

Do you have your eye on the prize – a new Sony DSC RX100 II Cybershot Digital Camera – this week in Project Live Your Life? Whether you’re a seasoned photographer like Bailey or just learning the ropes, you can still snap in style with a personalized camera strap made from your favorite American Eagle Outfitters belt.

What you’ll need:

• Belt (preferably with pre-punched holes, we used our Leather Belt)

• A pair of 2 inch D-rings, to fit the width of belt

• 2 spring snap hooks (all cameras are different, make sure they fit the camera clasp)

• Rivet snaps with anvil and setter (found at any local craft store)

• Pencil

• Ruler

• Scissors

• Needle nose pliers

• Rubber or wooden mallet

• Leather cord

Step One: Gather your supplies.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Supplies for DIY Personalized Camera Strap

Step Two: 

Fold the two ends of the belt so you have a minimum of four holes to rivet together. Based on the thickness of the belt, you may need to dip the edges in water for a few minutes to ensure a tight bend. Press hard on the fold and let dry.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Prepare your belt for rivets.

Steph Three: Line the ruler up to the edge of the belt and draw a straight line in the area where you want to remove the excess belt. Repeat on the other side of belt.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Prepare to remove the excess from the belt.

Step Four: Cut each edge along the line.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Cut your belt

Step Five: Using the needle nose pliers, open each D-ring. Slip a single spring snap hook on each ring. Close the D-ring.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Attach hooks

Step Six: Slide each D-ring with the clip onto the two ends of the belt and place at the crease. Using your set of rivets, take the anvil (round metal piece) and place under the belt. Put the base rivet (with point) through the hole. Place the rivet cap on top. Using a rubber mallet, hammer the setter and close the rivet. Repeat until you have 4 rivets on each end.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Rivet the belt together

Step Seven: Add a unique element with leather cord on each end of the camera strap. Loop through the holes in your desired pattern and knot at both ends.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Personalize your strap with your own pattern

Step Eight: Hook onto camera and enjoy capturing some great moments with your custom AEO leather belt camera strap!

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The finished product.

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DIY: Your Own V-Day Card!

DIY: Your Own V-Day Card!

Looking for something sweet to make a loved one for Valentine’s Day? Taken or single, follow our step-by-step DIY to make the cutest V-Day card for your best girlfriend or your special guy!

DIY: Your Own V-Day Card!

What you’ll need:

 • 3 sheets of craft paper (different colors or shades)

 • Draw and cut out 2 hearts to use; one larger, one smaller that fit on card

 • Envelope, size of your choice (optional)

 • Scissors

 • Ribbon

 • Pencil

 • Tape

 • Ruler

DIY: Your Own V-Day Card!

STEP 1: If using an envelope, measure and trace paper to be slightly smaller than two lengths of the envelope, so card can slide in easily. Cut the two sheets you want to be the first and second layer of card.

DIY: Your Own V-Day Card!

STEP 2: Fold edges to meet in the center and crease.

DIY: Your Own V-Day Card!

STEP 3: Trace the third sheet of paper for the layer inside the card.

It is easiest to close the card and trace the outer edge as a pattern. Cut and tape the back of the sheet; flip over, press and center on second layer.

DIY: Your Own V-Day Card!

STEP 4: Using the larger heart shape, trace and cut the shape out of the outer layer. 

DIY: Your Own V-Day Card!

STEP 5: Using the smaller heart shape, trace and cut the shape out of the second layer.

DIY: Your Own V-Day Card!

STEP 6: Tape the back of second layer (orange) and nestle into outer layer (pink). Fold together and finish with a ribbon. 

Hashtag the end result of your DIY V-Day card with #AerieREAL for a chance to be featured on our Twitter or Instagram! Have fun and happy Valentine’s Day!

xo,

Aerie

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